Entries by Jason Swihart

Ready to Roll

As part of our SXSW mobile social, on 3/22/10, Bike Hugger is giving away a Dahon Mu Uno like the ones Dahon gave us to ride around Austin this week. People on Saturday’s ride and at the MoSo were given a chance to enter, but the give away is open to anyone.

To enter, provide us with your name and email adress in the comment field below. We’ll pick the winner on 3/22 by random drawing and announce them here. No purchase neccessary.

Good luck!

Review: Merino T-Shirt from Outlier

In September, I talked about our meeting with Outlier Clothing and the preview they gave us of their goods. Well, they were nice enough to send me an Empire Merino Tee and I’m here to tell you: it’s nice.

For starters, unlike a lot of merino, this t-shirt is soft. I don’t mean soft like “less scratchy,” I mean soft like “you won’t be aware you’re wearing wool.” Ibex made me realize that wool could be a no-fuss, super comfortable and hard-wearing technical and everyday fabric, and their Shak jersey remains one of my favorite pieces for its toughness, versatility, and stink resistance. But I want to ensconce myself in the fabric from Outlier’s Empire Tee. It’s soft and luxurious without being fussy.

Ride a Bike, Go to Jail

The word is, Santa Monica, CA has a law on the books that makes unlicensed cycling punishable by up to a $1000 fine and/or six months in jail. From the Santa Monica Municipal Code:

(a) Any person desiring to operate or use a bicycle upon any of the streets of the City shall apply therefor to the City Clerk or bicycle retailer (authorized agent) who shall record the name and address of the owner thereof and a description of said bicycle. The City Clerk or authorized agent shall issue the license requested upon payment by the applicant of the fee herein required. Said license when issued shall entitle the licensee to operate said bicycle for which said license has been issued upon all the streets, exclusive of the sidewalks thereof or elsewhere prohibited in the City.

(b) Any person violating this Section shall be guilty of an infraction, which shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding two hundred fifty dollars, or a misdemeanor, which shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars per violation, or by imprisonment in the County Jail for a period not exceeding six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Prior code § 3401; amended by Ord. No. 1026CCS, adopted 2/24/76; Ord. No. 1813CCS § 1, adopted 9/12/95)

That seems excessive for a city where drug dealing and pan-handling have been legalized (I kid, I kid). So much for the inroads achieved by Pacific Blue.

I wonder if anyone has actually received the full brunt of this law. More coverage at Westside BikeSIDE and Gary Rides Bikes.

Day One in the Media Booth

It’s so cool that we get über blogger and MetaFilter proprietor Matt Haughey to help us with Interbike. Just Sayin’.

Matt Haughey in the Media Room

Check out his photos from Interbike on Flickr.

Wood, Compound Curve Fenders

We’ve all drooled over the wood fenders that make your bike look like a classic Chris Craft. But there’s one problem: most wood fenders are flat from side to side. But mud and water spray and bounce in all directions coming off your spinning tires.

Taiwanese innovation to the rescue! Yesterday I checked out some beautiful, light, and stiff bamboo fenders sporting a compound curve–just like fenders in plastic and metal. The prototypes I saw are developed by Sunny Wheel and not in distribution yet.

Sunny Wheels Compound Curve Bamboo Fenders

Outlier Clothing

We had a quick fashion show with the guys from Outlier yesterday. What they showed us is exactly the kind of stuff I’ve wanted someone to produce: street clothes that are comfortable in the saddle and utilitarian but don’t shout “I rode my bike today!!”

Their cuts are traditional in durable fabrics and super-supple merino wool with well-thought-out features to make them comfortable on a bike.

A few favorites:

Outlier: Merino TStraight-ahead slim cut t-shirt in 17.5 micron merino. No weird “sporty” gussets or flat stitching and no scratchiness.

Outlier: Merino HoodyMerino wool hoody. Hood is large enough to go over a helmet.

Outlier: PantsWorkwear pants in a tough, stretchy cordura nylon, fit like a pair of straight leg jeans.

We’ve got more photos on our Flickr Interbike set.

Hipster Synergy

As seen in Denver Craigslist recently:

Need a fixed gear…trade for tattoos (Denver)

Date: 2009-07-13, 5:47PM MDT

I am desperate need for a fixed gear bike, but cash is running low….willing to give you some free work, if you can be willing to trade a good bike for tattoo’s.

I work as a professional in Denver, at a Professional tattoo parlor….

Just let me know thank you

001109b42f980b8db3c313.jpg Byron’s in the Land of 10,000 Lakes for the Globe Brand launch, but are they launching one of these? Seen on China.org.cn.

Portland Bound: The Next MoSo

IMG_1943.jpgLater this month, the Huggas are making our annual pilgrimage to Portland for Webvisions (May 20-22)–one of our favorite Web conferences of the year. In conjunction, for the second year running, Bike Hugger we’re throwing a Mobile Social for all local riders and Webvisions attendees. We’ll be taking a ride, drinking beer, and giving away a ton of schwag–last year’s WV Mobile Social was a gas.

Hugger-in-Chief Byron is speaking at Webvisions this year on the topic “Try Making Yourself More Interesting,” but the top of the bill is especially spectacular this year with Mark Frauenfelder (Boingboing.net), Tara Hunt (The Wuffie Factor), and Jared Spool giving keynotes.

And for those of you in the interactive industry, don’t forget that there is still time to enter the 2009 Webvisionary Awards. With judges like Jeff Veen, Lynne d Johnson, Molly Holzschlag, and Roger Black, it’s a web award that actually means something. Hurry: deadline is May 8.

ARTCRANK Denver: April 11, 2009

On Saturday night I went to ARTCRANK Denver–“a poster party for bike people”–and ended up having a great time.

ARTCRANK Denver: Fueled by Beer

For starters, they chose a great block on Colfax to throw their party and got the participation of lots of Denverites, making it a truly local party. It helps that I’m fond of that part of Colfax–I owned a home there up until recently–but the Shoppe (home of some of Denver finest cupcakes) and the Fabric Lab (which trades in some fine bike-themed apparel) were also great choices for partners helping to transform that block of Colfax into a cycling spectacle.






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